Paraguay's Libertad and Argentina's Arsenal eased into the group stage of the Copa Libertadores with aggregate wins against El Nacional and Sport Huancayo respectively.
With four former champions in the preliminary stages alone, the 2012 edition of the Copa Libertadores looks to be one of the most keenly contested in recent years.
It was a dreadful week for South America's traditional giants in the Copa Libertadores, with eight of Brazil and Argentina's ten representatives crashing out.
FIFA.com looks back on the first round of knockout action in the Copa Libertadores, which witnessed a shock home defeat for Gremio and resounding wins for the likes of Velez Sarsfield and Fluminense.
With 13 teams still vying for seven slots in the next round, the final week of Copa Libertadores group action promises to be a thriller. FIFA.com looks at what is in prospect.
Internacional have claimed their second Copa Libertadores title, bringing the trophy back to Brazil in the bargain. FIFA.com takes a closer look at the most recent continental showpiece in South America.